Vintage L Cars A No-Show At 75th Anniversary Celebration

Bob Roberts
October 24, 2018 - 6:20 pm

A Heritage Fleet 'L' Car (WBBM Newsradio/Bob Roberts file)

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The stage was set Wednesday with descendants of those who worked on Chicago's initial subway. CTA President Dorval Carter spoke.

But the CTA's two 92-year-old Heritage Fleet 'L' cars, which were among the 455 steel cars that opened the subway in October 1943, were no-shows Wednesday.

A CTA spokesman blamed a mechanical problem, which he described as minor, for the disappointment marking the 75th anniversary.

Those who held tickets, distributed Tuesday with demand far outstripping seats available, were given special commemorative posters.